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How to install Graylog on Ubuntu 16.04

How to install Graylog on Ubuntu 16.04


Sep, 16


how to install Graylog In this tutorial, we will cover how to install Graylog v1.3.x (sometimes referred to as Graylog2) on Ubuntu 14.04, and configure it to gather the syslogs of your systems in a centralized location. Graylog is a powerful log management and analysis tool that has many use cases, from monitoring SSH logins and unusual activity to debugging applications. It is based on Elasticsearch, Java, and MongoDB. It is possible to use Graylog to gather and monitor a large variety of logs, but we will limit the scope of this tutorial to syslog gathering. Also, because we are demonstrating the basics of Graylog, we will be installing all of the components on a single linux server.

Graylog Prerequisite

  • Ubuntu 15.10 - 64bit
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Root Privileges

Install MongoDB

MongoDB is a document-oriented NoSQL database. The MongoDB document scheme is similar to JSON, it is called BSON. We will install MongoDB 3 from the MongoDB Debian repositories. Add the repository, update and install it:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv 7F0CEB10
echo "deb wheezy/mongodb-org/3.0 main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-3.0.list
apt-get update
Install MongoDB with the following apt command:
apt-get install mongodb-org
Next, start mongodb and enable it to start at boot time:
systemctl start mongod
systemctl enable mongod

Install Java

All the application that we will use in this tutorial are based on Java, so we have to install it now :). We need Java 7 or higher for the Graylog installation. Java 7 is available in ubuntu repository, so let's install it with this apt command:
apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
Now check the java version:
java -version
And you should get the java version:

java version "1.7.0_91" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea 2.6.3) (7u91-2.6.3-0ubuntu0.15.10.1) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.91-b01, mixed mode)

Install Elasticsearch

We will install elasticsearch version 1.7 in this tutorial. Download and add the GPG key to the system:
sudo wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
Now add the elasticsearch repository to sources.list.d directory and run apt-get update:
echo "deb stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elasticsearch.list
apt-get update
Now install the elasticsearch:
sudo apt-get install elasticsearch
And when the installation has been completed, start the Elastcisearch daemon and enable it to be started at boot time:
sudo systemctl start elasticsearch
sudo systemctl enable elasticsearch
The Elastisearch installation is finished, and the daemon has been started. Now is time to configure it. Edit the configuration file in the "/etc/elasticsearch/" directory with vim:
vim /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml
Uncomment the line "", and change the value to "graylog2". = graylog2

Add the configuration below for production servers to disable dynamic scripts and avoid remote execution:

script.disable_dynamic: true

Save the file and exit. Then restart Elasticsearch and test it with the curl command:
systemctl restart elasticsearch
I'm testing Elasticsearch with a curl connection to port 9200:
curl -XGET 'http://localhost:9200/'
curl -XGET 'http://localhost:9200/_cluster/health?pretty=true'

How to install Graylog

The next step is to install the Graylog2 server. I will use Graylog 1.3.2 for this installation. Download graylog2 with wget command, extract it and then configure it. Before we start with the installation of pwgen, we need pwgen to generate the random password. Install pwgen:
apt-get install pwgen
Now generate the new password with the command:
pwgen -N 1 -s 96
My secret code:


and generate a new sha256 hash with command below:
echo -n mypassword | sha256sum
This is my password:


Next, go to the /opt/ directory and download graylog-server with the wget command:
cd /opt/
Extract graylog-server and rename the directory to graylog2:
tar -xzvf graylog-1.3.2.tgz
mv graylog-1.3.2/ graylog/
Graylog-server is downloaded and we use the /opt/ directory for it's installation. To configure graylog-server, create a new graylog directory and copy the graylog-server sample configuration fileto "server.conf".
mkdir -p /etc/graylog/server/
cp /opt/graylog/graylog.conf.example /etc/graylog/server/server.conf
Edit the configuration:
vim /etc/graylog/server/server.conf
Paste the password generated with pwgen on password_secret line:

password_secret :


Paste your sha256 password generated, this password is use for login to the graylog admin dashboard:

root_password_sha2 = 9235b36556923005015a6c2c18bf6f08a61daf54bfad653bde0ce6404000f0b1

Disable elasticsearch multicast search and add the unicast hosts.

elasticsearch_discovery_zen_ping_multicast_enabled = false  elasticsearch_discovery_zen_ping_unicast_hosts =

Change the elasticsearch shards to 1, because we install everything on this single server.

elasticsearch_shards = 1 elasticsearch_replicas = 0

Save and Exit the file. Now start the graylog-server by executing the bin file in the graylog directory:
cd /opt/graylog/bin/
./graylogctl start
Now you can see the log file of the graylog-server in the log directory, watch it with tail command:
tail -f /opt/graylog/log/
If should see this in the log file:
Started REST API at <>
Graylog2 up and running.
It means that the graylog-server has been started properly.

Install Graylog-Web

Download the graylog web interface with the wget command to the /opt/directory:
cd /opt/
Extract the graylog web interface and rename it to "graylog-web".
tar -xzvf graylog-web-interface-1.3.2.tgz
mv graylog-web-interface-1.3.2/ graylog-web/
Then generate a new application secret code for graylog-web with pwgen:
pwgen -N 1 -s 96
This is my secret:


Go to the graylog-web directory and edit the configuration file:
cd graylog-web/
vim graylog
On the graylog2-server.uris line, add the graylog2-server address:


In the application.secret line, paste the secret code generated before:
Save the file and exit. Now start graylog-web:
cd /opt/graylog-web/bin/
./graylog-web-interface -Dhttp.port=8080
Graylog-web will run on port 8080. Visit your server - http://myipaddress:8080/ Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Graylog. Save Save
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